Michael Crichton // Harper
The late Crichton is most famous for his Jurassic Park series, and Dragon Teeth returns to his paleontological roots. This story, however, takes place during the Wild West—and though there are no genetically resurrected dinosaurs. There is, however, plenty of intrigue, action, and sabotage among a period of insanely competitive dino digging known as the Bone Wars. Like all Crichton novels, this one’s smart, fast-paced, and guaranteed to teach you a thing or two.
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Gail Honeyman // Pamela Dorman Books
These days, social awkwardness seems to be the rule of public life rather than the exception, a cultural shift Honeyman captures in her quirky novel. It tells a story of three unlikely friends who struggle through the day-to-day rigmarole of the working world. As they grow close, they begin to discover the solution to the isolated feelings that plague them in a rat-racing digital world: trust. Insider Tip: Reese Witherspoon is working on turning the charming tale into a major motion picture. Read it now so you can say with authority that the book was better than the movie.